CRIME & SAFETY
70-year-old Bessemer woman dies following car crash
BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) — A 70-year-old woman injured in a car crash last week died from her injuries over the weekend. According to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, Linda Hamner Maloy was involved in a head-on collision on Wednesday while driving on Pocahontas Road. Maloy was taken to UAB Hospital for treatment where she died […]
Birmingham mom survives being shot 4 times; teen daughter in vehicle with her uninjured
A Birmingham mother is recovering after she was shot four times on Saturday. Amber Scott’s 15-year-old daughter was in the vehicle with her when the shooting happened, but the teen was not injured. Scott, 33, had gone to check on a family member who was in a possible domestic...
Co-worker pleads guilty to ‘brutal, senseless’ murder of beloved butcher at Birmingham meat market
A 33-year-old man pleaded guilty today to the murder of his co-worker at the Elyton Meat Market earlier this year. Christopher Kendricks entered a blind plea to intentional murder Monday morning before Jefferson County Circuit Judge Kandice Pickett. A blind plea means the length of a prison sentence was not part of the agreement and Kendricks does not yet know what that sentence will be.
Man shot, killed in northwest Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham Police Department is currently on the scene of a homicide investigation Monday evening. According to Truman Fitzgerald with BPD, officers received shots fired calls just after 4 p.m. in the 500 block of Closhire Lane in the Pratt neighborhood. First responders arrived and discovered an adult male who was shot and […]
Victim identified in deadly Fultondale shooting
FULTONDALE, Ala. — Police are investigating the shooting death of a Birmingham man over the weekend. The Jefferson County Coroner's Office identified the victim as 30-year-old Alexander Rombley-Fernandez. The shooting happened at 4:42 a.m. on Sunday at a Fultondale mobile home community in the 2700 block of Stonefield Drive.
Birmingham man thought slain, buried in garden by his son ‘looked out for everybody,’ family says
Family and friends gathered Sunday in Birmingham’s Railroad Park in honor of a 52-year-old father and grandfather who vanished two months ago today. Donald Cash was last seen Sept. 26. Human remains found in a makeshift grave in his son’s backyard are believed to be those of Cash, but...
72-year-old man killed in interstate crash
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A 72-year-old man was killed on Interstate 59/20 South at the Interstate 65 South exit Nov. 25. James Edward Laffitte died at UAB Hospital, according to the Jefferson County Coroner. Authorities say he was the only person in a Buick Lesabre that was hit in the...
Hoover Police prepares for the busy shopping season
HOOVER, Ala. (WBRC) - The Hoover Police Department is preparing and planning ahead in order to keep the community safe ahead of a busy shopping season. According to officials with the Hoover PD, the department has been planning for the influx of holiday shoppers for a few months now. Captain Keith Czeskleba with the HPD says the department is taking an all-hands-on-deck approach by adding additional officers at shopping centers in order to help the community safe during the holidays.
Discover the 5 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in Jefferson County, Alabama
CrimeGrade.org, a website that has crime maps and information for different parts of the US, says that these are the five most dangerous neighborhoods in Jefferson County, Alabama:. Fairfield:. This city has a high crime rate in western Jefferson County. There are 202.27 crimes per 1,000 people living there, which...
Weekly Safety Report: Inmate Stabbing and Drug/Gun Charges Hit Bessemer
Two incidents occurred in Bessemer, Alabama this week. In the first incident, a mother claims her son, an inmate at a local prison, was stabbed and beaten without her knowledge. The second incident involves a man from Bessemer who was sentenced to federal prison for drug and gun charges, including possession of marijuana, heroin, fentanyl, and a machine gun.
Vestavia Hills names Shane Ware new chief of police
Shane Ware, currently a captain with the Vestavia Hills police department, on Monday was named the department’s new chief. City Manager Jeff Downes appointed Ware, effective immediately, following the unexpected death of Chief Danny P. Rary on Aug. 1. Ware began his career as a police officer in Bessemer...
Weekly Safety Report: 2-year-old found dead with fentanyl, Police chief's suspension overruled in Tarrant, Alabama
Tarrant, Alabama experienced two incidents this week that raised concerns for public safety. In the first incident, a 2-year-old girl was found dead with fentanyl in her system, leading to the mother being charged. The second incident involved the return of the embattled police chief, Wendell Major, after the city council overruled his suspension by the mayor. The council meeting became heated as accusations were made against the mayor for creating a conspiracy against the police chief.
Graysville police investigating homicide on Highway 78
GRAYSVILLE, Ala. — Police are investigating a shooting death of a Birmingham man in Graysville Sunday night. It happened shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Highway 78 at North Main Street, according to police. Dimetri Leon Phillips, 30, was shot and killed, according to the Jefferson County Coroner. Graysville Police...
Birmingham Police Department vows to protect privacy as it seeks participants for 'Connect Birmingham'
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Birmingham Police Department launched the "Connect Birmingham" initiative this month as a way to better incorporate the use of technology into combatting crime. Having a camera mounted near your front door or somewhere on your home isn't a new concept, but giving Birmingham police access...
17-year-old killed in Shelby County crash
SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — A 17-year-old was killed in a single-vehicle that occurred early Saturday morning. According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the 17-year-old was fatally injured when the ATV the youth was operating left the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned around 1:20 a.m. The youth was not wearing a seat belt […]
Weekly Safety Report: Shootings and Unsolved Killings in Birmingham
The incidents in Birmingham, Alabama this week include a man found dead on a street after multiple rounds were fired, a family seeking justice 20 years after a man was killed by a stray bullet, and the police asking for help in solving the killings of two brothers.
Sunday morning fire in Pelham's Chandalar Court Community damages four townhomes
PELHAM, Ala. (WBMA) — Crews responded to a fire in Pelham Sunday morning in the Chandalar Court Community. A neighbor called 911 just before 7:30 a.m. to report a fire had started in a townhome. The fire had spread through the attic to the townhome next door. In that...
Birmingham firefighters put out fire at apartment in Ensley Highlands
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Birmingham firefighters were on the scene of a fire at an apartment building Saturday morning in the city's Ensley Highlands area. The fire started before 8:30 a.m. in the two-story building at 2100 30th Place. Crews were able to contain the fire in less than an...
Tarrant police officer releases email accusing chief of sharing misinformation in case
TARRANT, Ala. — Tarrant investigators expressed their frustration with the handling of arecent lawsuit by Tarrant’s mayor against Chief of Police Wendell Major on Friday. An email from Tarrant Officer Chante Crosby was received by WVTM 13 on Saturday, and it accuses the police chief of giving false information to the media from a case in the death of 2-year-old Ariyah Crawford.
Citizen’s Sheriff Academy By Leah Ingram Eagle: More classes + target practice
As I’m wrapping up everything for this month’s issue, I have completed six of my eight classes in the Shelby County Citizens Sheriff’s Academy. Here’s what we did during October. CLASS 4: CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION. This class covered topics that were tough to hear, including violent...